Razorbacks extend lead, Pill survives error

June, 13, 2009
The underdog is very much on top of the first matchup of the College World Series.

After Cal State Fullerton coach Dave Serrano pulled Noe Ramirez and replaced him with fellow freshman Tyler Pill in the top of the fourth, Arkansas turned up the heat.

The Razorbacks got two runs when James McCann and Andrew Darr scored off Scott Lyons' ground ball that Christian Colon couldn't snag in the infield. Andy Wilkins followed with a three-run homer to stretch Arkansas' safety net to seven, making the score 9-2.

Arkansas looked in position to follow up the five-run fourth with a strong fifth thanks to a silly error by Tyler Pill. The pitcher threw a poor ball to the shortstop, Colon, in an attempt to pick off Brett Eibner at second, but both Eibner and Darr advanced a base, to third and second, respectively, when Colon couldn't make the catch.

Pill got out of the bind when Chase Leavitt grounded out.

The Titans scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to move within five at 9-4.



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